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    PHOTOS & GOSSIP: I Want To Be Arsenal’s New Thierry Henry – Aubameyang




    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang said he wants to be Arsenal’s new Thierry Henry. The Gabon striker revealed his lofty ambitions after completing his move to the Emirates Stadium from Borussia Dortmund for a club-record fee of £56million. The 28-year-old, who scored 98 goals in 144 Bundesliga games for Dortmund, is a replacement for Alexis Sanchez following his switch to Manchester United.

    But Aubameyang has set his sights higher than stepping into the Chilean’s boots – he wants to emulate record Gunners goalscorer Henry.

    “I think the club has such a big history and great players like Thierry Henry,” he told Arsenal Player.


    Olivier Giroud has hailed Chelsea’s trophy record after completing his move from Arsenal. The French striker has now signed an 18-month contract at Stamford Bridge, where he will provide much-needed competition for the struggling Alvaro Morata.

    Giroud was at the heart of a transfer merry-go-round involving Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Michy Batshuayi. Aubameyang joined Arsenal in a club-record deal earlier today, paving the way for Batshuayi to join Dortmund and Giroud to complete his switch. “Chelsea is one of the biggest teams in the Premier League,” he said,

    “They have won maybe the most trophies in the last six or seven years. “It’s a massive club and I am proud to sign for Chelsea, and I’m looking forward to playing.” Arsene Wenger also hailed the French striker as he leaves after over five years in north London. Premier League champions Chelsea had been linked with a string of strikers, including Edin Dzeko, Andy Carroll and Peter Crouch but have ended up with Giroud, in a deal thought to be worth something like £20 million.

    Giroud scored more than 70 goals for Arsenal in the past six seasons. He has also scored 29 goals in 69 matches for the French national team.


    Leicester want to sign Crystal Palace and England midfielder Andros Townsend, 26, if forward Riyad Mahrez leaves for Manchester City. (Mail)

    Algerian international Mahrez, 26, is likely to be left out of Leicester’s squad to face Everton on Wednesday night as speculation continues about a transfer. (Leicester Mercury)

    Manchester City are not willing to pay over £65m for Mahrez and believe they only have a slim chance of signing the forward. (Goal)

    Paris St-Germain’s Brazilian winger Lucas Moura, 25, has completed his medical ahead of a move to Tottenham with the deal expected to be completed. (Telegraph)

    Manchester United have the chance to sign Shakhtar Donetsk‘s Brazilian midfielder Fred, 24, on deadline day. (Manchester Evening News)

    Newcastle are trying to sign 29-year-old Algerian forward Islam Slimani from Leicester on loan for the rest of the season. (Chronicle)

    Belgian club Anderlecht have agreed a loan deal with Newcastle for Serbian striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, 23. (Sky Sports)

    Inter Milan and Argentina international striker Mauro Icardi, 24, could join Real Madrid(L’equipe)

    Roma have been in contact with Manchester United regarding 27-year-old Netherlands defender Daley Blind. (Mirror)

    Manchester City will have to pay £70m to sign Leicester City and Algeria winger Riyad Mahrez, 26. (Star)

    Serie A leaders Napoli have opened talks with Everton in an attempt to sign Netherlands midfielder Davy Klaassen, 24, on loan until the end of the season. (Liverpool Echo)

    Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez has held talks with owner Mike Ashley and remains “hopeful” of making a signing before the transfer window shuts. (Mirror)

    But Benitez insists his position is unlikely to change even if late moves for targets such as Leicester’s Algeriastriker Islam Slimani, 29, and Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala fail. (Northern Echo)

    Everton are close to signing 26-year-old France defender Mangala on loan.(Sky Sports)

    Arsenal will allow French defender Mathieu Debuchy, 32, to join Saint-Etienne on a free transfer. (L’Equipe – in French)

    West Ham have approached Lille over the signing of their captain Ibrahim Amadou. Crystal Palace have already made two bids for the 24-year-old French defender. (Sky Sports)

    Wolfsburg are trying to persuade Liverpool’s Serbia winger Lazar Markovic, 23, to join them rather than Premier League side Swansea(Mail)

    Liverpool midfielder Ovie Ejaria, 20, is set to join Sunderland on loan for the rest of the season with fellow Englishman, 22-year-old defender Lloyd Jones, poised to make a permanent move to Luton Town(Liverpool Echo)

    Leeds United are closing in on the signing of forward Tyler Roberts from West Brom in a deal worth up to £4m. The 19-year-old Welshman has six months left on his contract. (Mail)

    Swansea are in advanced talks with West Ham to bring Ghana forward Andre Ayew, 28, back to the Liberty Stadium, but are holding off including South Korea midfielder Ki Sung-yueng, 29, in the move. (Wales Online)

    Bordeaux are in talks with Norwegian side Rosenborg to sign former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner. The 30-year-old Denmark international could sign an initial loan deal with the French club. (Talksport)

    Plans have been announced to make a film of the life of former Evertonstriker Dixie Dean, with Toby Kebbell in line to play lead role. (Liverpool Echo)

    Great Britain could have a women’s football team at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games after the four home nations reached an agreement. (Mail)

    Liverpool and England defender Nathaniel Clyne, 26, has made a cameo appearance on reality television show Love & Hip Hop: Miami. (Mail)

    West Ham want to fine French defender Arthur Masuaku more than the standard two weeks’ wages for spitting at an opponent. The Hammers are frustrated the rules prevent them from doing so instantly without consultation with players’ union, the PFA. (Mirror)

    After signing French defender Aymeric Laporte from Athletic BilbaoManchester City’s ‘annual defence spending’ has exceeded the actual annual military defence budgets of 52 countries. (i News)


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    She Cranes Star Nuba Reveals Why She Decided To Play For Uganda Not South Sudan; Why She Regrets Giving Birth Early…



    She Cranes player Mary Nuba

    Born in South Sudan but grew in Uganda, that’s the story of the She Cranes goal shooter Mary Nuba Cholhok who was voted as the best shooter in the just concluded Fast5 Series tournament which was held in New Zealand.

    Uganda emerged in fifth position in the tournament. theGrapevine had a chance to talk to Nuba before she went back to England for her professional career.

    Grapevine: Why did you decide to play for Uganda and not for your native country South Sudan?

    Nuba: South Sudan is still lagging behind in Netball and I’m getting old, that’s why I decided to play for Uganda’s She Cranes.

    Grapevine: What challenges have you faced so far in your career?

    Nuba: Thinking about my five-year baby who stays in Uganda yet I’m in England playing for my professional club.

    Grapevine: Then what about your husband [the baby’s father] ?

    Nuba: I’m not married, though I gave birth.

    Mary Nuba was awarded Fans player of the Fast5 Series tournament

    Grapevine: How did you manage giving birth and playing Netball?

    Nuba: I realized that later that I made a mistake of getting pregnant. But I stood on my feet, forgot all the past and decided to move on with my child and my career.

    Grapevine: How do you manage those good performances?

    Nuba: I work very hard ever day in order to achieve my goals.

    Grapevine: Where do you see She Cranes in four years to come?

    Nuba: I see She Cranes winning the Netball World cup because we have good players who are still young.

    Grapevine: Tell us about the best game in your career?

    Nuba: When we defeated South Africa in the Common Wealth games in Birmingham.

    Grapevine: Who’s your role model in the game of Netball?

    Nuba: Peace Proscovia because of the way she managed to lift her life from a poor background. She is now superstar in the game.



    By Juma Ali


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    MIRACLE: All She Cranes Players Return After Incidents Of Players Disappearing While On Duty Abroad…



    She Cranes players and one of the start player Goal Shooter Mary Cholhok Nuba

    It was a miracle this time around after all the She Cranes players returned from New Zealand.

    It has been a habit for some Netball players to escape when the team travels for international tournaments.

    Just last month, two She Cranes players; Nakanyike Shakira, who was a Police Player and Rose Namutebi, who was a KCCA Player, disappeared in UK, during She Cranes international friendlies.

    The disappearance of these two players followed the disappearance of centre Player, Halimah Nakachwa, who disappeared in UK, in 2017 during another international friendly in UK.

    However, this time around, all the nine players who went for the first five series tournament in New Zealand, where She Cranes emerged fifth, after wining three games and losing three games, all returned with the team.

    National players disappearing while on duty abroad is also a habit in other sports disciplines like; boxing, table tennis, Rugby among others.


    By Juma Ali


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    It’s Time For Golola To Rest: I’m Going To Punch Him Into Retirement – General Fungu Vows…



    Moses Golola (L) and General Fungu (R)

    General Hamza Fungu has vowed to fight Moses Golola and send him into retirement come 26th December. 2022.

    Fungu said this during the launch at Akamwesi gardens today.

    Uganda’s middle weight kick boxing champion, Golola Moses is set to face his former trainer, General Hamza Fungu on bixing day at Akamwesi shopping mail gardens.

    Golola, who is known for his many words said that he has beaten many fighters who were better than Fungu, “now look at this piglet, I’m going to show him why I’m called Golola Moses ‘of Uganda ‘  and I call upon Ugandans to come and be witnesses on that day.”

    Though Golola said that he signed a contract which allows both fighters to fight until one gets tired, officials in charge of organizing the show said they will fight K-1 style for five rounds.

    Grapevine had a chance to sit down with Golola’s challenger General Fungu and and this is what he had to say;

    theGrapevine: How are you prepared for this fight?

    Fungu: I’m well prepared but they have also given us enough time. So, I’m going to prepare more.

    theGrapevine: Why, among fighters did you choose Golola?

    Fungu: I have been asking to fight Golola for the last five years but he has been dodging me. He one time asked for 20,000 dollars to fight me.

    theGrapevine: Why do you think he accepted this time around?

    Fungu: I think this time, he has been given a lot of money.

    theGrapevine: Which tactics are you going to use to defeat Golola?

    Fungu : Golola has words but I have the tactics which will defeat Golola.

    theGrapevine: Many people have come out to challenge Golola but he finally wins?

    Fungu : He has been favoured many times.

    theGrapevine: Is it true that the contract you signed for the fight allows you to fight until one of you gets tired?

    Fungu : The contract is a disadvantage to Golola not me because I was born a fighter.

    theGrapevine: What next after this fight?

    Fungu : After this fight, I will fight three more three bouts and retire.


    By Juma Ali


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